Arabella Weir

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Arabella Weir
Born (1957-12-06) December 6, 1957 (age 56)
San Francisco, California, United States
Occupation Comedian, actress, writer.
Spouse(s) Dr Jeremy Norton
Children Two children: Isabella and Archie

Arabella Weir (born December 6, 1957, San Francisco, California, United States) is a British comedienne, actress and writer.

The daughter of former British ambassador Sir Michael Weir,[1] she is best known for her roles in The Fast Show and Posh Nosh, and for writing several books including the international best seller Does My Bum Look Big In This? (a catchphrase of one of her characters in The Fast Show). She is also well known for her books Onwards and Upwards and Cupid for which she also wrote the screenplay now owned by Working Title. Arabella has written for The Independent magazine, which is included with the Saturday edition and the Guardian newspaper and Weekend magazine. She continues to contribute regularly to both newspapers.

Life and career[edit]

Weir was a backing singer for a period in the band Bazooka Joe, which featured one Stuart Goddard, better known later on in his career as Adam Ant.

She appeared in the 1988 sitcom Les Girls, alongside the young Janet McTeer and Sadie Frost, and featured in bit-parts in various programmes, both drama and comedy. One notable role was as an abusive nurse in a 1993 episode of the sitcom One Foot in the Grave; the episode was censured by the Broadcasting Standards Commission over a scene in which Weir's character repeatedly kicked an old man in her care.

Weir became better known from 1994 onward as one of the writers and cast of The Fast Show.

Weir also narrated Killer Queen, a documentary profile of the British rock band Queen, broadcast on Channel 4 in 2002. She starred in the 2003 comedy series Posh Nosh, which she also co-wrote with Jon Canter. She contributes to the BBC2 comedy series, Grumpy Old Women.

She made regular appearances in the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Smelling of Roses and "Down the Line". She has performed in Exile — a Doctor Who audio play by Big Finish Productions as an alternative female version of the Doctor.

Weir was due to appear on new ITV1 skating reality television series Dancing on Ice in January 2006. However, weeks before the series was due to air she broke her wrist and was subsequently replaced by fellow actress Bonnie Langford.[citation needed]

Weir provides the voice for the puppet duck character Hana in forthcoming children's TV show Hana's Helpline.

She appeared in the E4 teen drama/comedy Skins as the mother of Michelle Richardson. She has also appeared in Nickelodeon's children's TV comedy Genie in the House as the Norton's nosey neighbour Peggy.

Weir appeared in the Doctor Who Christmas special 2011 "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe".[2]

Weir performed with the original cast from The Fast Show (with the exception of Mark Williams) in six online-only episodes sponsored by the Fosters brand.[3]

She also appeared in the two Fast Show Special episodes in 2014, made as part of BBC 2's 50th anniversary celebrations.

Personal life[edit]

She attended Bedales School and then Camden School for Girls [4] and then studied drama at Middlesex Polytechnic.[5]

She is married to Dr Jeremy Norton; the couple have two children. The actor David Tennant is a close friend and is godfather to her youngest child. When Tennant first moved to London in the early 1990s, he lodged with Weir at her house in Crouch End for five years; they had met on the set of the BBC TV series Takin' Over the Asylum.[6]

She is a supporter of the British Labour Party.[7]



  • Does My Bum Look Big in This?: the Diary of an Insecure Woman (1998)
  • Onwards and Upwards (2000)
  • Stupid Cupid (2002)


  • The Real Me is Thin: or Why All Women Think They're Fat (2011)


  1. ^ Adel Darwish Obituary: Sir Michael Weir, The Independent, June 28, 2006
  2. ^ Frost, Vicky (September 21, 2011). "Cast for Doctor Who Christmas special unwrapped". The Guardian. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Foster's - The Fast Show". Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ Smurthwaite, Nick (January 17, 2006). "Weir Not Alone". SecEd. Retrieved February 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ The Independent, 22 January 1998
  6. ^ Weir, Arabella (April 6, 2008). "It's ok to think Doctor Who is gay, says David Tennant". The Times (London). Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  7. ^ Thorpe, Vanessa (February 14, 2010). "Parties in pre-election battle to sign up stars". The Guardian (London). Archived from the original on April 20, 2010. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 

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